FARRELL: Politicians Proposing Defunding Police Must Personally Bear Responsibility
From Chris Farrell’s Op-Ed for The Daily Caller:
Lawmakers that defund police must include language in their legislation wherein they take personal responsibility and pecuniary liability for any loss of life or property as a consequence of their action. Zero immunity for legislators and executives that endanger the public. Let’s prosecute bad cops. Let’s also hold reckless, grandstanding, political opportunists — posing as responsible government officials — accountable. They need to pay for their stupidity and willingness to endanger the most vulnerable: the elderly, children, and women. Where does the single mother caring for an elderly relative go when the family becomes victims of a robbery or assault? There is a real human toll and consequence for the superficialities of TV sound bites and protest signs.
What, exactly, does “defunding the police” entail? Who benefits? Are there serious proposals to eliminate the exact sorts of training and programs that would prevent and preclude the excessive force that sparked the current civil unrest? Would the outreach and recruitment programs that broadened and diversified police departments across the country be eliminated? Successes across the country on community policing — eliminated? What about training on less-than-lethal means to engage suspects? Cut that?
The antifa-types just want to run unopposed and wild in the streets, inflicting a reign of terror and bullying tactics that, ironically, is exactly what the Brownshirts of the Nazi Party did in 1930s Germany. Antifa engages in Brownshirt behavior. Explain how defunding the police ensures the safety of the general public against antifa. You can’t.
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